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Spring 2014
March 17-21

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Events This Week

Upcoming Events

Related Events

Blog Highlights  Photo Contest
    Events This Week

Live Webcast

Monday, March 17,
1:30-3:30 pm

Room 411, 507 E Green St.

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A Union's Greatest Challenges: Europe's Future Path toward Economic Growth, Global Competitiveness and Addressing Debt

His Excellency Jan Vincent-Rostowski, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Poland.
Ambassador Robert Hormats, Former Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, U.S. Department of State.
Mr. David Marsh,  Chairman and Co-Founder, Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum.
Mr. Wolfgang Münchau, Associate Editor and European Economic Columnist, Financial Times.
Moderator: Ms. Heather A. Conley, Director and Senior Fellow, CSIS Europe Program.  

Hosted by Williamsburg-Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Forum and in Association with the CSIS Europe Program. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center (EUC).

Howard K. Birnbaum Memorial Lecture

Monday, March 17,
4:00 pm

Room 100, Materials Science and Engineering Building,
1304 W Green St.

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Why Should Engineering Students Care About Industrial Design? And If They Don't, How to Enlighten Them?

Speaker: Michael Ashby, Royal Society Research Professor, Principal Investigator, Engineering Design Centre, the University of Cambridge.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center (EUC).

Videoconference Panel Discussion

Tuesday, March 18,
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Room 411, 507 E Green St.

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English & Scottish Nationalism

John Curtice, Deputy-Director of Center for Research into Elections & Social Trends and Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde
Neill Nugent, Emeritus Professor of Politics and Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration at Manchester Metropolitan University
Andrew Strathern, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh
Pamela Steward, Senior Research Associate and Co-Director of the Cromie Burn Research Unit, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh


Hosted by the European Union Center for Excellence & European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Co-sponsored by the European Union Center (EUC).


Thursday, March 20 - Friday March 21

Illini Union
1401 W Green St.

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North American Materials Education Symposium (NAMES)

Please see the symposium website for information about speakers and their abstracts, the schedule for the symposium, and registration information.

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center (EUC).

EUC Visiting Scholar Lecture

Thursday, March 20,
2:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 FLB, 707 S Mathews Ave.

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The New History of EU Law: Promises and Challenges

Speaker: Bill Davies, Associate Professor in the Department of Justice, Law and Society, American University.

Abstract & bio.

Organized by the European Union Center (EUC).

    Upcoming Events

International Week

March 31 - April 6

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Int'l Week

International Week at Illinois

International Week at Illinois is comprised of a series of educational, cultural and recreational events designed to foster interest in our global community. The goal of International Week is to raise awareness about the breadth of international education, activities and resources at Illinois.

European Movie Night

Tuesday, April 1, 6:30 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 FLB, 707 S Mathews Ave.

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Spanish Apartment

L'Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment) - France, 2002

The story follows Xavier, a 24-year-old Frenchman, who leaves his girlfriend Martine and his country for the ERASMUS programme in Barcelona, a prerequisite for a job with the French government. Xavier manages to find an apartment with other people from all around Europe, with whom he becomes good friends. A multilingual film (includes Basque, Catalan, Danish, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish) with English subtitles.

EUC Visiting Scholar Lecture

Wednesday, April 2, 12:00 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 FLB, 707 S Mathews Ave.

Spanish Apartment

Two Level Legitimacy: Changing Approaches to Treaty Revision in the European Union

Speaker: Dr. Dermot Hodson, Senior Lecturer of Political Economy at Birkbeck College

EUC Visiting Scholar Lecture

Thursday, April 3, 5:15 pm

Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 FLB, 707 S Mathews Ave.


Fictionalizations of a Welfare State Sex Scandal: The Re-telling of Historical Events and Call Girl (2012)

Speaker: Mariah Larsson, Stockholm University, European Union Center Visiting Scholar

    Related Events

Peace Corps Information Sessions

Thursday, April 3, 6:00 - 7:00 pm (Info Session)

Thursday, April 10, 6:00 - 7:00 pm (Application Workshop)

The Career Center Conference Rm., Student Services Arcade Building, 715 S. Wright Street, Champaign

Peace Corps

Peace Corps Information Sessions

The UIUC Peace Corps Campus Recruiter is located in The Career Center at 715 S. Wright St. and available by appointment to assist students with the Peace Corps application process and answer inquiries. Additional drop-in hours are Mondays 3-5pm and Thursdays 11am-1pm. Contact Alissa Harvey for more information.

Organized by the Peace Corps Campus Recruiter and the Career Center

International Service Learning Conference

Saturday, April 12,
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright Street

Int'l Service Learning Conference

Leaders for Global Change
Register by April 4, 2014

The Leaders for Global Change (LGC) conference is a one-day conference to bring together students on campus involved or interested in international service learning projects.The goal of the conference is to highlight global issues and give students the tools they need to address those issues.For more information and registration, please visit the conference website.

Organized by the University YMCA

    EUC Blog
EUC Blog Highlights

Ukraine Roundtable

Roundtable Discussion - Understanding the Ukrainian Maidan: Between Russia & the EU (Video)

On February 14, panelists  Carol Leff (Political Science), Kostas Kourtikakis (Political Science), and Oleksandra Wallo (Slavic) participated in a roundtable discussion, focusing on the current events happening in the Ukraine. A video recording of the roundtable is now available for viewing.

Read more and watch the video on the EUC blog.

As always, we invite you to join the conversation by leaving comments and sharing posts with others!

  EUC Photo Contest

EUC Photo Contest:
Vote here

photocontestEUC Photo Contest Spring 2014
"European Citizens"

Vote here on Facebook now until March 19, 2014.

The deadline to submit photos for the competition was January 31, 2014. The EUC would like to thank all participants and invite all EUC friends to vote on EUC's Facebook page to pick the winning photos.

Cast your vote: Voting is now taking place on the EUC's Facebook page, where the submitted entries are published. Please "like" your favorite photos, and the photo with the most likes will be selected as this year's winner. Winning photos will be displayed at the University of Illinois EU Center's annual European Union Day in Fall 2014 and on the EU Center website. Winners will also be invited to all European Union Day events. Gift card awards will be issued later in the Spring after the completion of the voting period.

For more information about this years's competition, click here.


National and International Scholarships Program Information Sessions

National and International Scholarships Program Info Sessions

The National and International Scholarships Program will be conducting informational meetings for students who are interested in obtaining scholarships for the pursuit of prestigious internships, teaching English abroad, or graduate studies or research at world-class institutions. Sessions will begin with an overview of the scholarships available (including Beinecke, Churchill, Fulbright, Gates Cambridge, George Mitchell, Goldwater, Luce Scholars,Marshall, Rhodes,Truman, and Udall). Juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend one of the first eight sessions that focus on crafting and compiling quality application materials. First and second year students should plan to attend one the subsequent ten meetings regarding strengthening a student’s candidacy for these opportunities. All sessions will be held in conference room 514 in the Campus Center for Advising and Academic Services at 807 South Wright Street.

The following meetings are targeted generally towards juniors and seniors (those graduating before August 2015):

Monday, 3/31: 1:30-2:00, 2:00-2:30, 3:30- 4:00 or 4:00-4:30
Tuesday, 4/11: 1:30-2:00, 2:00-2:30, 3:30- 4:00 or 4:00-4:30
These sessions are primarily for freshmen and sophomores (those graduating after August 2015):
Wednesday, 4/9: 5:00-5:30
Friday, 4/11: 1:30-2:00, 2:00-2:30, 3:30- 4:00 or 4:00- 4:30
Tuesday, 4/15: 1:30-2:00, 2:00-2:30, 3:00-3:30, 3:30-4:00 or 4:30-5:00
For more information, contact the National and International Scholarships Program at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit the website at www.topscholars.illinois.edu.     
Summer School in the UK on "Resistance, Protest and Social Change in the EU"

 CRonEM Summer School

Jean Monnet @ CRonEM Summer School

June 23 - June 28, University of Surrey, United Kingdom

The Summer School aims to foster a dialogue on the present and future state of European Integration and to enhance the quality of teaching on this particular issue by focusing on the social and political implications of the current euro-crisis. The Summer School introduces students to key debates in EU studies and provides a range of opportunities to engage with the development of four key issues in current EU politics: the European social dimension, euro-sceptiocism, Europeanisation, and civil society and the public sphere. Find additional details, cost, and how to apply at the summer school's website.

Conversation Tables & Coffee Hours

Conversation Table in French: Pause Café
Pause Café at Espresso Royale (Oregon and Goodwin), in Urbana. Meets every Thursday at 5:30pm. All are welcome!

Swedish Conversation Group and Coffee Hour
Philippson Library, 3114 Foreign Languages Building. Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30pm, January 30-April 30 (excluding March 26).

Bosnian-Serbo-Croatian Conversation Table
At Espresso Royale (Oregon and Goodwin) in Urbana, 2nd floor. Every other Monday starting February 3, 4:30-5:30pm.

Italian Conversation Group
At Espresso Royale (Oregon and Goodwin) in Urbana. All levels welcome.  Every Tuesday at 7:00pm.  

Conversation Table in Modern Greek
At Espresso Royale (Oregon and Goodwin) in Urbana. Next meeting, Wednesday, March 19, from 2:00-3:00pm.

Arabic Conversation Table
Intermezzo Cafe at Krannert Center. Every Thursday at 4:00pm.

German Coffee Hour (Kaffeestunde)
Meets during the semester on Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. at Caffe Paradiso (corner of Lincoln and Nevada in Urbana). Speakers at all language levels are welcome.



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